Thanks Through Giving
This Sunday, the 20th, we will be able to participate in our annual Thanksgiving Offering. This is an extra offering, over and above our regular tithes and offerings, which many of us give, just because we’re so thankful for how good God is to us and our families. Many times we get caught up “just doing our duty” in our weekly giving. This offering is simply saying, “Thank You, Lord.” We have so much to be thankful for, let’s give Sunday out of thankful hearts. If you will not be in attendance, perhaps out of town, or not a regular attender, you can always give online through our simple and no cost online giving. Below is an article you might enjoy concerning Thankful Giving.
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7
Many years ago after World War II was over, two families were waiting in line after a Sunday evening service to greet the pastor. The church was preparing to build, and the pastor had preached on the importance of giving that night. The first family said, “Pastor, as you know, our son was killed in the war. In honor of his sacrifice, we would like to give two hundred dollars as a memorial gift.” After they left, the second family said, “Pastor, we were going to give two hundred dollars, but after listening to that other family, we realize how fortunate we are that our son came home. We’ve decided to give five hundred dollars.”
It has often been said that thinkfulness is thankfulness. When we take time to think of all that has been done for us, we will display a spirit of thankfulness. We should think of the Cross. What greater picture of sacrifice is there? Think about this aspect of things. Christ is sitting in Heaven, enjoying the beauty and magnificence of Heaven. The angels are singing praises to Him and He is communing with His Father. Then the payment for sin is presented-a sinless sacrifice to go to earth and die a cruel death on a rugged cross. Jesus Christ then volunteers to leave Heaven, His majesty, and His royal throne behind to take upon Himself the form of a man and become subject to ridicule, beatings, and ultimately death-so that we, as mere humans, could be saved from an eternal Hell.
Would we have made such a sacrifice? It’s hard enough for many of us to leave our beds in the morning, let alone to have to leave Heaven! When we gain a correct view of what Christ did so that we might be saved, we will be more willing to give of ourselves to Him. What can we give to God to show our thanks?
First, we can give our time. Many times Christians hear this thought so much that they become de-sensitized to it. But whether we’ve heard it one time or a hundred times, the fact remains: we need to give God our time. Not just the time we have left over if we have nothing else to do, but we need to give God first priority over anything else on our schedules. Aren’t you glad Christ chose to make our salvation a priority? I’m thankful that He did!
We also need to give our money to God. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Everything we have comes from God, and we can show our thanks by giving back to Him. We should give because we want to honor God. God is pleased when we give to Him joyfully.
I pray that as you reflect upon all that Christ has done for you, you would consider what you can do for Him. Is it too much to give of your time or money in light of what Christ did for you? Take time this week to reflect upon what He did for you on Calvary. Get a fresh look at the Cross. Then, consider what you could give Him. Giving to Him is a small thing we can do to thank Him for what He has done for us.